Work experience can help you prepare for your career, gain exposure to the Canadian workplace, earn extra money, and form a closer connection to the local community.
As an international student, there are several types of work you can do in Canada. Some of them will require applying for a specific work permit.
On-campus work: Conditions you have to meet
You do not need a work permit in order to work on campus while attending UBC, as your study permit gives you permission to work unlimited hours on-campus as long you are enrolled in full-time studies.
However, if your on-campus work is for co-op or an internship required by your program, you must have a co-op work permit.
Off-campus work: Conditions you have to meet
Co-op placement or internships: Permits required
You will need a Co-op work permit if the work is integral to your academic program.
Volunteer (unpaid) or work that's NOT integral to your academic program: Conditions
Some volunteer positions and internships (paid or unpaid) may be considered work by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). If your volunteer position or internship is considered work, you must have the right work authorization before you start.
Working after graduation
If you are considering working after graduation you may want to consider a post-graduation work permit.
Work for spouse or common-law partner
If you are an international student studying full-time with a valid study permit, your spouse or common-law partner can apply for an open work permit.